Ssssh was Ten Years After's new release at the time of their incendiary performance at the Woodstock Festival in August, 1969. As a result, it was their first hit album in the U.S., peaking at number 20 in September of that year. This recording is a primer of British blues-rock of the era, showcasing Alvin Lee's guitar pyrotechnics and the band's propulsive rhythm section. As with most of TYA's work, the lyrics were throwaways, but the music was hot. Featured is a lengthy cover of Sonny Boy Williamson's "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl," with reworked lyrics leaving little doubt as to what the singer had in mind for the title character. Also included was a 12-bar blues song with the ultimate generic blues title "I Woke Up This Morning." Ssssh marked the beginning of the band's two-year run of popularity on the U.S. album charts and in the underground FM-radio scene.
Performance CreditsTen Years After Primary Artist
Chick Churchill Organ,Piano,Drums,Keyboards
Alvin Lee Guitar,Vocals
Ric Lee Drums
Leo Lyons Bass
Technical CreditsTen Years After Producer
Alvin Lee Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
Roy Baker Special Effects
Andy Johns Engineer
Sonny Boy Williamson Composer
Sonny Boy Williamson [II] Composer
Chris Wright Executive Producer
John "Buddy" Williams Cover Design
Toshikazu Ohtaka Liner Notes
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Ssssh based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
At the end of the 1960's and through the 1970's we were treated to a wide array of amazing boogie bands who meticulously re-worked traditional American blues. Among the greatest of these big beat stompers were Ten Years After. Every TYA fan had a favorite album...mine was "Ssssh." Ten Years After exploded at us on this record in 1969 with all cylinders firing on the fastest guitarist in the entire universe, Alvin Lee. Lee apparently thought his mission in life was to play as many notes as possible at any point of any song. If he wasn't the greatest guitarist in history, his technique was flawless and he was one of the fastest...he surely had the most chutzpah, nothing scared this guy at all. Saying that TYA were merely "explosive" is to shortchange them; find a video of "Woodstock," and watch their performance there, you'll be blown away by their amazing show. "Ssssh" is great for "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl" alone...that song by itself would be worth having the album for, the good news is that the rest of the album is equally strong. Try this one, it's worth it.
I agree with previous writer. Of all the TYA LP's this was their best. The music of the late 60's, early 70's was a tapestry that molded many musical genres. TYA mixed rock,blues and what would become funk into a completely hard driving, hard hitting sound. Original compostions by Alvin Lee alongside blues classics, with a rock/blues beat just made this band an alternative to alot of what was out there at the time. Worth owning!